I’m kind of a collector of lost causes. I’ve got a couple of plants people have thrown away where I work. Both survived and are growing. Then there’s the newborn pigeon on the balcony where I work. The balcony seems to be a favorite breeding ground for them. Already two messes of babies this year. [I don’t know what you call a “group” of pigeons, “flock”, I suppose. Considering how dirty they are, “mess” seems like a good choice.] This last batch consisted of two little yellow fuzz-balls. One was contentedly settled down in what passed for a nest; the other was having troubles. I didn’t figure it would survive; it didn’t.
Got me to thinking about the time our Lord was teaching His disciples and talked about sparrows. In Matthew 10:29, the Lord said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin?” Luke records it like this: “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?” Luke 12:6.
That fifth sparrow.
A “throw-away,” as it were. A lost cause.
Yet, in both instances, our Lord taught that God knew all about it. Then, in Luke 12:7, He said that even the hairs of our head are numbered – not counted, numbered. So, the next time you comb or brush your hair, you can say, “Well, there goes number …”
Then He said, and I think it was with a tender smile, “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows,” Luke 12:7.
All of us are bent and broken and marred, full of imperfections and problems.
Yet, through the Lord Jesus, God is pleased to take those bits and pieces, those imperfections, that lostness, and to build Himself a dwelling, which He beautifies and glorifies with His presence.
No wonder the Psalmist, in considering the work of God in his life, said, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it, Psalm 139:6. Then, in v. 17, he wrote, How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!